WNY STEM Hub to Launch The Girls Coding Project 2019

WNY STEM HUB is Seeking Participants Space is Still Available!       Only 3% of the 1.4 million computer science jobs in the US are held by women—We Created The Girls Coding Project to change that

 WNY STEM Hub offers a one of a kind, hands-on coding experience for girls entering grades 6-12, in collaboration with Girl Scouts of WNY and SUNY Buffalo State. Each day will focus on coding, visits with women role models in IT, additional unplugged STEM experiences and leadership training. The overwhelming majority of girls in our past 3 years of programming have been economically disadvantaged – many are refugees.

Spaces in the program are still available but going fast https://wnystem.org/wny-stem-activities/the-girls-coding-project/

WHEN:  Beginners can choose the week of July 15 or July 22. Advanced girls participate both weeks. Monday to Friday / 9 am – 3 pm

WHERE:  SUNY Buffalo State Technology Building, home of the college’s Computer Information Systems Department. 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

WHO:   Girls entering grades 6-12 are our target program participants. The Girls Coding Project is organized by WNY STEM Hub with Girl Scouts of WNY and SUNY Buffalo State as partners. Funding partners include: General Motors, First Niagara Foundation, AAUW, Beckage and Best Buy.

WHY:    The goal is to encourage more young women to pursue computer science education and to become part of WNY’s growing technology workforce.

 This transformative program is in its fourth year, initiated in partnership with AT&T. The program removes traditional barriers for families in need by providing transportation reimbursement, scholarships for enrollment costs and reconditioned laptops for the home. Over the past 3 years, 122 girls and their families have participated. 

The Girls Coding Project will end with a Demonstration Day for families and community members to view the girls’ projects, tentatively scheduled for July 26th at 10 am.  Lt. Gov Kathy Hochul is expected to attend.  

 For more information, contact Dr. Michelle Kavanaugh, Acting Executive Director– mkavanaugh@wnystem.org    585-690-7311

About the WNY STEM Hub

The WNY STEM Hub mobilizes schools and stakeholders to develop, nurture and maximize interest in STEM learning and careers through hands-on, one-of-a kind experiences. Its purpose is to partner with the WNY community to empower learners through the creation of life changing STEM experiences – such as Hand in Hand, Girls Coding, Coding Your Future, Schools on the Move and Take Flight Space Experiments Programs – to tackle careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). WNY STEM Hub is an initiative of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the UB Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences and the Empire State STEM Learning Network.  It is recognized internationally as an ecosystem of the STEM Funders Network and a regional partner of Code.org.  See www.wnystem.org